Breaking Point – Bookish Thoughts


Rate: 3/5 stars

This book was nothing fantastic. It did its job, which was basically filling the space between the expositionary debut novel and the conclusion in the last novel. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t phenomenal or anything.

It took me a while to really get into the book, despite that I already knew all the characters and everything. The writing just wasn’t drawing me in. The dynamic between all the characters just seemed really off to me and it was throwing me out of the book. I did, however, find that the individual characters were written really well. The character growth seen in the main character Ember was one of the saving graces of the novel.

What bothered me the most in this book was probably the execution of the action scenes. They were just excruciatingly hard to follow, and once again, I found myself getting thrown out of the book a lot. You know when you’re imagining a room and then the author includes something that makes you have to rearrange the entire scene in your head? Well that happened multiple times with literally every action scene. Things weren’t set up and explained well and it really screwed with the experience.

The plot was pretty good, especially the ending. This book left me wanting more story, so I’ll definitely be reading the next book, the writing just left something to be desired. I did find myself having an emotional attachment. I was most engrossed in the book during like the middle 200 pages. And I did cry a bit at the end. (I cry at everything though… like literally every book I will at shed at least one tear.) So yeah, not fantastic, but definitely not terrible. I’m still looking forward to the next installment.


Book of Bouts Read-a-Thon 9.0!!!!



So I’ve decided to participate in the Book of Bouts Read-a-thon! I’m not completely clear on all of the details of the challenge, but I decided to just sign up and jump right in. What’s the worst that could happen? And I’ve been on a reading rampage anyhow, so why not kick it up a few notches.

So what is this thing?

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.” – From the Bout of Books team.

Bout of Books

I’ll be publishing my updates through this blog, my goodreads, and probably facebook at some times. This does mean I’ll have a post up every day this week with goal updates. So be prepared!

Speaking about goals, these are mine for the read-a-thon!

1. Read at least 200 pages a day.
2. Finish 5 books.
3. Attempt at least 1 challenge (even if I have no idea how, I’ll try!)
4. Review each book that I read.

Books I’ll be Reading:
1. Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons
2. Make Lemonade by Virginia Wolff
3. Wake by Lisa McMann
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)  Make Lemonade (Make Lemonade, #1)  Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
The Book Thief  Fight Club

I’m actually super excited to try this, and I’m so glad I happened upon it! If you’ve read this far you should definitely think about joining in. Sign ups are open through the 7th!

Happy reading!
xoxo Gigi.

Bookends – Bookish Thoughts

Rate: 4.5/5 stars

(First book review of 2014! Woo!)

This was surprisingly a pretty damn amazing book! It took me about 100 pages to really get into the story, but after that, I quickly found myself zooming through the pages; I finished the remaining 250 pages in less than a day!

I think the slow start is due to the unique narrative of the main character. I guess this book would be classified as a contemporary, but it definitely had a different rhythm and tone than what I expected/am used to. The beginning few chapters were set about 10 years before the actual story does, and although the anecdotes were amusing, it was hard to pick up on what the story was going to be about. Then once we start fast-forwarding, it starts to make a little more sense. Still the story was a bit drab for me until the book store opens and the drama begins.

The characters were so well developed, and I really felt for them, except for Josh. I understand that the main character kind of snubs him throughout most of the book, but I just felt like his character was so flat compared to the others. The best characterization in my opinion was definitely the narrator, Cath. She was perfectly flawed, and hard to describe, and we loved her but hated her. I think what made the story so enjoyable (and at some times heartbreaking/frustrating) was that we saw it all through her eyes. Also every once and a while it was written like she was talking with the reader, like a quick aside. It worked so well with the flow of the novel, and made Cath even more relatable.

The story was wonderfully paced, and it was emotional without being overwhelming. Really it was an almost perfect story telling. I loved that there were a couple of twists that were expertly placed to spice up the plot. The ending was absolutely perfect, and summed up the story with ease. When I closed the book after finishing, I had a few tears and small smile. That to me is how I should feel after every book: emotionally drained but satisfied.

Although this book didn’t get a perfect rating from me, it has become one of my favorites. It had a light feeling without avoiding any of the bulk that makes a good story. This was my first read from the author Jane Green, but I own a few of her others and I plan to read them asap. I was genuinely impressed with this novel, and I have high hopes for the others.


(This one wasn’t a blathering mess! Probably because I waited a couple of hours to write it, and I actually organized my thoughts before hand. Concepts.)

(Also have some examples of the other book edition covers, that are way cuter than mine.)

xoxo Gigi.


Fangirl – Bookish Thoughts

Rate: 5/5 stars

Damn, this book really got to me.

I’ve never been able to relate to a character more. Cath was literally me down to the very last detail. As a college student studying writing and experiencing the lonely struggles of it, Cath was the perfect main character for me. There were paragraphs which seemed so familiar, it felt like I had written them myself. I got so emotional at the end just for the pure reason that I never get to read about these characters again. I read the book in less than 2 days and I feel like I’ve known them my whole life. Basically, all my rambling just means that the characters were really well written and believable.

I do think that it ended abruptly. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just feel like some strings were left a little frayed. But there weren’t any plot holes or anything, and I felt satisfied with how it all ceased. I do have to say, I wanted to know how the Simon Snow story ended, but that’s just me being nosy and selfish as a reader.

The only read downside for me was that it made me dig up a lot of my insecurities with my own writing. I even logged into my old writing community. (Mibba anyone?). It just got me to thinking, that’s all. And if you know me at all, you know that I doubt myself way too much and hate too think about it.

All in all, this was just such a great book, and I’m glad it’s the first of Rowell’s novels I chose to read. Now I’m going to run out and get all her others!

So now I’m off to go wallow in post book depression. (Getting invested in fictional worlds is exhausting!)

xoxo Gigi.